Sock It to Me Sock Drive


Socks are the most requested and least donated article of clothing in homeless shelters. In an effort to help make this item available for those in need, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s Children’s Services Department will once again join with Baton Rouge Parents magazine’s 14th Annual Sock It to Me Drive to collect socks that will be distributed to area homeless shelters, the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging and Bethany House, which is a facility for cancer patients at the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. The drive will last through Friday, November 30.

This year, we would like to beat the 2017 Drive’s totals which were 1,083 pairs of socks contributed by Children’s Services to Baton Rouge Parents magazine’s grand total of 9,587 pairs! Our goal is to collect at least 2,500 pairs and with your help, we will! Simply drop new, unworn socks in the collection box that will be in the Children’s Room at each Library location. For more information, call the Children’s Department at (225) 231-3760.

GIS DAY Louisiana!

GIS stands for geographic information systems. GIS Day is a grassroots educational event created and promoted by the GIS company Esri that enables GIS users and vendors to open their doors to schools, businesses and the general public to showcase real-world applications of GIS. Join us Wednesday, November 14th, at the Main Library on Goodwood, for a community-based speaker event promoting Louisiana careers in geography! The event runs from 4-6 PM and is free and open to the public.

Representatives from various groups and organizations will be at the Library to discuss topics pertaining to geographic information systems. Check out the GIS Day program schedule below:

• Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)
• United States Forest Service (USFS) Strike Team
• Renewable Resources Using GIS
• Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
• Digital Literacy and GIS


Louisiana Book Festival

The 15th Annual Louisiana Book Festival, a celebration of readers, writers and their books, returns 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, November 10, in downtown Baton Rouge’s Capitol Park! The FREE festival will feature presentations by local and national bestselling authors, panel discussions, and activities for children and teens, live music, food so much more!

Be sure to visit the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s booth to get a preview of the next One Book, One Community title. For more information, complete list of authors and events, or to volunteer, visit their website. Follow Book Festival updates on Facebook and Twitter and download the Louisiana Book Festival mobile app.

National Novel Writing Month 2018

It is said that we all have a book in us. If you’re ready to start exploring the story you might have to tell, November is the month for you!

Join the National Novel Writing Month challenge, and try to write 50,000 whole words in the thirty (30) days that make up November. It sounds impossible, or at least a little impractical – and frankly we can’t argue the latter. But it’s also a whole bunch of fun! There’s a robust local community of wrimos (a wrimo, of course, is a NaNoWriMo participant) that cheer each other on.

When your book is finished and you’re thinking of publishing it, why not try self-publishing? The library has a great ebook formatter, and with Self-e, your book can become part of a national collection of Library Journal Selected Reads!

The library is a great place to  Come Write In! Check out the scheduled write-ins for the Main Library and the River Center Branch:

Main Library at Goodwood

  • Thursday, November 1st, 6  – 9p.m.
  • Thursday, November 8th, 6  – 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 15th, 6 –  9 p.m.
  • Friday, November 23rd, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 29th, 6 –  9 p.m.

River Center Branch Library

  • Thursday, November 8th, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 22nd, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

If any more write-ins get scheduled for other library branches, you’ll be able to find them on our calendar. Check out the NaNoWriMo forums for your home region to get in touch with other local writing devotees, and announce your novel today!